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xena5380
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 15
   Posted 2/13/2009 11:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Greetings to all and wish you of you a Happy Valentine's Day. Here is my story kind of long so be warned. I am a 31 year old sheriff deputy and was told about two weeks ago that I have diabetes. For, the past year I have been in and out of the hospital. It started in Feb. 2008 my shoulder had a tear and I had two disks in my neck that is herniated. I went through alot of tests and was given some shots, and meds to take to help with the pain. Then in May 2008, I ended up in the hospital my doctor thought that I had appenditics. After, all the tests it was determined that my left ovary was stuck in my small intestines and had two cysts on it. The doctor said it needed to be removed. Several years before I had my right removed due to cysts and that it was stuck to my stomach wall. So they took my ovary and I had to start taking two meds for hormones. Started throwing up for about a month and after all the tests the doctor found a blockage. Well, two months later I ended up back in the hospital to have the blockage removed. I also, have had Gred which turned into barrett's a precancerous condition and it got worse with all the throwing up. Ended up with a hiatal hernia as well. Then , in Oct 2008 went back into the hospital with a lap nissien fundolopcation and while in there they found my gall bladder was messed up and I had alot of gall stones, so they had to remove that as well. Then, after recovering I went back to work and was feeling really, really bad like I just could not go. I have a 11 year old son and could not get out the bed execpt for work and fixing him food then would end up back in bed sleeping all the time. Was, just so tired and felt sick all the time. I thought I was going crazy, I have/had also suffer from depression and the doctor has me on cymbolta and xanxa as needed. Well, ended up back at the doctor three different times for feeling so bad and wa told that I was in my healing stage and that it just takes time to heal. Did I mention I am a fairly big girl always have been not over weight so to speak but since May I had put on about 60-65 pounds and had not been eating much of nothing. Well, was also told it was a sinus infection, put on meds still didn't help, my doctor ran thyroid tests, cbc, and everything came back good. Then ended back to the doctor so she did a b-12, and Mono test and both came back positive. I started takung b-12 shots about a month ago once a week for fourth weeks then once a month. Also, told the mono would have to run in course and given two more meds because I had a sinus and throat infection and a EBV test done to see if the mono was past or present. Well the mono came back old infection, also chronic or reactiaved. Have no clue were I could have picked it up from. Then about three weeks ago I was still no better and she had me do the GTT. That evening after having it done I got a call telling me that I have diabetes and that I needed two eat a two thousand caloire diet, take 500mg metformin twice a day and to check my sugar on the meter twice a day and see a diet doctor which I still havent heard from yet. I got a copy of my GTT test results and my fasting was 108 and at 30 mins it was 221 then one hour 271 then at the two hour it was 178. I have been checking it since last week and it has stayed between 90 and 110, and once I eat a teaspoon of jelly it went to 141. My doctor says that sometimes diabete is not detected because when they do a finger stick its good because you havent eaten and that mine seemed to shot up after I had something that wasn't good for me. I am trying a low carb diet on my own but I haven't been able to figure out what all I can eat how I can eat 2000 calories and lose weight, much less get that many calories in me. Since I have Gred its hard to eat lettuce, drink milk and eat healthy because it doesn't agree. I do love pasta and meats, breads, and fruits so im trying to use those and eat less of them. I have lost a few pounds see starting the metformin. Also, in the past I have ended up at the hospital because I dyhrated when I get sick and my doctor says that it prob because as a diabete that you loose more fuilds therefore if you don't drink enough then you dyhrate. Well, I know this was long but wanted to share a few of my battles and any advised would be great. I have no clue what to do and I have been researching alot. Couple questions is it true that your finger stick will be lower in first stages of diabetes and that's why only a GTT will detect diabete? Is my numbers really high enough to be on meds? What other meals can I have? Does 2000 calories sound really high amount to eat? How many carbs should you have in a day? I know that these are just opinions and what you have been through that is why I am asking, any helps would be great. I also have high blood pressure and on linsiopril/hct20-25 for that. I also, have to keep phengran on hand because of the lap nission I can't throw up so when I get sick I have to start taking that. I am on so many meds and what to get off all that I can and any advised would be great. I also am taking ambien and remeron 15 mg to help me sleep. Thank you in advance for the help and again sorry so long and sorry my spelling is bad. God Bless each of you.

Tony McGuire
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 483
   Posted 2/14/2009 3:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Blood sugars of 90-110? I've been diabetic for about 10 years and I'd give my left arm for consistent blood sugars in that range. (10 years, but avoiding doing anything for 9 of them and now paying for it.)

What to eat? Every person is different. I'm 53, 6'2" and about 245lbs. I can eat about 2000 calories for 'maintenance', but I don't get much exercise. Carbs? I can have about 45/meal.

I've found some tv dinners that are INCREDIBLE and even somewhat healthy. Marie Callenders, Turkey & Stuffing, Chicken with Penne and one other. Carbs around 42, but then subtract 8-9 for dietary fiber and I wind up at 32-33.

Then I discovered Ocean Spray DIET. ONLY THE DIET VERSION. There is Cranberry by itself, and Cranberry-Grape. TWO CARBS for 10 or 12 ounces. INCREDIBLE. Seem REALLY sweet, shut down my sweet craving and at TWO CARBS per 10oz glass I can drink virtually as much as I can hold.

Been eating/drinking a lot of those lately. Snacks, I eat Creme Savers but as few as I can. While the front says 'Sugar Free', I've found that 'Sugar from Alcohol' is SUGAR but they get to lie. My real snack is various flavors of beef jerky. Another is super-chunk peanut butter on celery.
Wife: Liz
Dogs: Koshka & Chomp
Heart: Lisinopril
Brain Zaps: Gabitril
Kidney: Simvastatin
Diabetes: Metformin, Insulin
Pain: Avinza, Morphine IR, Methadone, Cymbalta, Lyrica


LanieG
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 5408
   Posted 2/14/2009 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello xena, I'm sorry for all your troubles.  It sounds like you've been through a lot.  In my opinion (and you know we're not doctors here), you're in the 'early stages' or borderline.  I don't know if they use those terms anymore.  Your fasting numbers are not very high at all and I'm surprised you were put on meds first without trying to control your blood sugar with diet and exercise.  In the past, doctors wouldn't consider you diabetic unless your fasting came out to 126 or higher on a couple of occasions.  In any case, sometimes other medications you take can cause high blood sugar, so check to make sure that isn't the case with you.  Eating bread, pasta, potatoes and other food high in carbs will give you high blood sugar especially when you cannot metabolize carbs efficiently. (This is my problem as well, so I don't eat carbs.) You'll find that opinions about diet will vary among doctors, so it's not surprising to find contradicting information.  The bottom line, however, is how your blood sugar is running, which is why testing is so important.  Home blood sugar meters can be used on the fingers or other places on the body and there may even be discrepancies among those places but I don't think the range would be so extremely wide. And remember that these meters have an accuracy of plus or minus some degrees.  It's true, though, that the GTT would be more accurate in diagnosing diabetes than a simple finger prick measurement.  How many carbs?  We all have different opinions.  I have not counted but I probably don't eat more than 15gr of carb per meal.  If I ate more than that, my blood sugar would be high enough to be on meds.  I've been controlling my blood sugar for 2 years now by eating low carb and doing exercise regularly.  Briefly, I eat meat, vegetables (lots), a few beans, salads, eggs, cheese, nuts.  I do not eat breads, pasta, potatoes, corn, anything made with sugar or flour.  I make gravy with soy flour or almond flour which can be found in the supermarket.  The reason I've chosen to cut out all those carbs is that I want to avoid meds but this is my choice.  Xena, please look through the past posts here in Diabetes and you'll learn a lot of what works for so many of us. 



Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

Post Edited (LanieG) : 2/14/2009 6:50:19 AM (GMT-7)


Jeannie143
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Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 6056
   Posted 2/14/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow! If it weren't for bad luck you'd have no luck at all! I can't offer much more than sending along some prayers and good wishes. Also, an appointment with a nutritionist may be in order to plan some foods that won't upset your tummy and still stay in your carb range. Keep testing your blood sugars 2 hours after you eat and at least that way you can start keeping track of what raises it and what doesn't. Everyone's body reacts differently to our foods and by keeping a journal you will be able to figure out better which ones are best for you.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


xena5380
New Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 15
   Posted 2/14/2009 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the reply's. And yes if it wasn't for bad luck I wouldn't have none(that is so true). However, God has blessed me to be able to make it through and be stronger. Some days it's hard but I try to keep going. Thanks again.

Jeannie143
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 6056
   Posted 2/15/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Xena,
One of the members here on HW has a signature that is so cool... It says something to the effect that:

"What doesn't kill me makes me stronger... so shouldn't I be invincible by now?"
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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